I've been boat shopping a long time and this is what it came to.
Actually I found a nice used Maxxum in the fall of 2003. Wifey says "why don't you wait until spring and buy a new one". Cool, sounds like a good idea, too late in the year to get any use out of it anyway.
Well spring comes along and my mind was on Road Kings and Dyna Glides , golf is going strong and boats are not occupying my mind at all. Well there was a reason I sold my last bike...for the good of my health...do those two wheeled vehicles run at less than full throttle? Huh mine didn't. Well you get the picture.
Back to boats. I thought about it and decided I didn't want or need a new one. I play too much golf to justify a new boat. Besides that would be too easy. Well a buddy of mine knew that I had been looking around at boats and he mentioned one he had seen that was for sale. He gives me the location and I go take a look. Hmm, a little rough but if the price is right maybe. Well I talk to the guy for a couple hours about it...he said it wouldn't start... but that he had launched and run it a few times earlier in the summer...but when he put the sign on it she wouldn't fire...no spark. Well compression was ok and my gut feeling was "I can fix that" so I gave him a few Bills and I had myself a boat er project.
Well I get her home and tinker around a bit turned the key and vroom there is life in this beast. Had it on the water several times and it ran good and I was even beginning to trust it a little when the motor skipped a beat while cruising along about half throttle. Hmm, wonder what that was? Well it wasn't good. Pulled the plugs the next morning and checked compression and ouch #1 was at less than 50#. Last check it was about 105#.
So the journey begins a few months early. When I bought the boat I knew she was a project. Didn't really expect to get the initial use that I did out of it. I think of it as a bonus and a get to know it period.
Project is a 1973 Saf T Mate 16' Commodore trihull with a 1973 115 Johnson.
Pics are as I bought the boat.
If you have any questions comments or literature on Saf T Mate boats please drop me a line. Would like to get a copy of the owners manual.
Hull Restoration Motor Restoration In the water Journey II